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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation Tuesday | Photo: ANI

Two senior IAS officers in PMO appointed to World Bank, World Trade Organisation 

While IAS officer Rajiv Topno will serve as senior advisor in World Bank, Brajendra Navnit will be ambassador to the Permanent Mission for India (PMI) at WTO. 
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ANI

New PMO faces and 11 non-IAS joint secretaries in Modi govt’s 3rd lockdown reshuffle

Modi govt has increasingly sought to empanel non-IAS officers at senior positions in the government, in a bid to break their stranglehold on the bureaucracy.
Karnataka IAS officer P. Manivannan | Twitter

Karnataka IAS officer transferred days after warning employers against pay cuts

Karnataka IAS officer P. Manivannan was transferred Monday even as he led crucial Covid-19 relief efforts. He has now been posted as animal husbandry secretary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

No review for convicted IAS, IPS, IFS officers until final acquittal: Modi govt’s new plan

Looking to remove corrupt officers, Modi govt has proposed to introduce an amendment to the All India Service Rules, 1969.

4,000 rules in 4 months: Are civil servants creating chaos in India’s Covid-19 management?

India’s Covid-19 response is being led by civil servants, but the large number of bureaucratic orders on a daily basis have created chaos among businesses and the public.
Mohammad Mohsin | Twitter

IAS officer barred by EC for checking Modi chopper gets show cause notice for Tablighi tweet

IAS officer Mohammad Mohsin has been issued a show cause notice by Karnataka government for a tweet praising Tablighi Jamaat members.
PM Narendra Modi with 70th batch of IRS officers | Facebook/itaxirs

The ‘dreaded’ IRS is back and so is India’s pushback against it during Covid crisis

IRS officers — the eyes and ears of the government’s economic decision-makers — found themselves under extra scrutiny this week.
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Loyalty and performance: Why Modi appointed trusted men to helm crucial ministries amid Covid

The reshuffle announced Sunday has brought some of the PM’s trusted lieutenants to helm crucial ministries such as finance, health and MSMEs.   
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Modi govt ‘weighs proposal’ to allow IRS, IAS officers to work from home even after lockdown

CARUNA, a platform created by civil servants to assist the Covid-19 efforts, has suggested making work from a home a formal provision for govt employees. 
Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force personnel conduct a lockdown awareness drive in Chennai last week | Representational image | PTI

IAS edge proves a winner as chief secretaries overshadow political bosses in virus battle

The urgency of the Covid-19 pandemic has lent ever more importance to the office of the chief secretary, the highest administrative position in states.

On Camera

Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Narendra Modi

Few things tie Modi’s India and Imran’s Pakistan like their love-hate for foreign invasion

Be it Hindutva ideologues condemning the wicked foreign invader or Imran Khan hailing Turkish imperial rule, both want to reinforce that going forward means going backward.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.